I must replace my home's well-worn shutters. What materials will last longer and be lower maintenance than typical wood?
Midwestern climate. Two-story home, main exposure is north and south.
Over the past few years, durability has become a major tenet of green construction.
The injection of durable materials into the marketplace has changed builders' material selections, architectural specifications, and construction procedures.
As such, there are a myriad of new products available to replace your shutters.
How are your shutters used?
I would start by analyzing the specific use of your shutters.
- Are they operational shutters that cover your home’s windows during a storm?
- Or are they fixed and decorative architectural features?
If they are in fact operational, and you find them to be a necessity during a storm, I would recommend you seek out a local contractor that specializes in shutter fabrication and customization.
This will ensure that your windows are protected properly during a storm (the durability principle should apply to your entire home, not just the shutters).
However, if you find your shutters to be purely decorative and not functional, I would recommend a composite or PVC shutter from a major manufacturer that will stand by its warranty.
With these new products, you will have a choice to buy the shutters to match a color or paint them yourself. You will find with either choice that the product will hold paint and stay brighter longer than many wood selections.
For a specific manufacturer suggestion I recommend PlyGem Mastic products.
Good luck on your project!